Jake Paul is perhaps best known for making videos viral on YouTube, but he’s hoping to build a new reputation as a professional boxer.
The 23-year-old Ohio American was already following in his brother Logan Paul’s footsteps when he fought two fights against other social media stars. He won both fights from TKO, but now Paul is slated to compete against retired NBA player Nate Robinson as a co-main event for the exhibition match between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. compete. this weekend.
According to Paul, he fell in love with boxing and is taking his new job very seriously.
« I’m doing this because I love it, » Paul said during the Tyson vs.. . Jones Media Day on Friday. « I don’t have to do it. I have my music, my YouTube stuff, my acting, my business, but I do this because I love it. Everything about it. The show, the deliberations, the talking.
« I just saw Nate Robinson in the hallway like I was crossing him in the hallway with my air basketball. This simple shit that nobody sees makes me so happy. I just love it. This sport is amazing. From A to Z, everything about it. That’s why I do it. I feel like I’ve found a home with it. ”
Prior to appearing on stage, Robinson called Paul’s attempts at trash talking « terrible, » but apparently the rivalry between them only grows with their fight, which is only 24 hours away.
For his part, Paul believes that after their brief encounter on Friday, he already has a place in Robinson’s mind.
« He likes to freeze for a second, » said Paul of his interaction with Robinson. “He seems lost. He seems to be lost at this moment. He seems sad. I haven’t heard a word from him.
“This is all new to him. He asked for it. That’s why I don’t feel bad at all. He asked for it. He called me. He said I didn’t fight a real athlete. I think it was a rude wake up call for him. I think my nerves are kicking in. ”
Despite minimal experience prior to his viral boxing bouts, Paul seems confident that the sport will be his future regardless of the outcome of his fight on Saturday night.
In fact, Paul wants even bigger opponents going forward with plans to win some of MMA’s biggest names.
« I have a list of people, » Paul said of future opposition. « I’m the one pushing this narrative, too. I want to keep fighting. I want to stay active. I want to bring MMA fighters into the boxing ring. I mean, Conor McGregor is the only MMA fighter who really stepped into the boxing ring. So I want to get these other people who aren’t already talking to me on Twitter into the boxing ring. I want to beat professional fighters this way.
« I want to prove to people that this kid isn’t just beating up Nate Robinson and other YouTubers and the like. « . This is a fight that creates the start of a long journey. ”
Paul has already mentioned a showdown with former UFC second division club Conor McGregor after switching to boxing for a lucrative bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
While he may not be ready for McGregor just yet, Paul is more than happy to knock out the Irish superstar’s closest friends and training partners in the meantime, which could then lead to an even bigger fight in the future.
« It just makes sense, » Paul said of the McGregor fight. « Ultimately, this is a business and they say this fight is breaking all records for pay-per-view presale. I’m the co-main event and Conor McGregor brings the same pay-per-view numbers. There is no other fighter with this large platform who is calling Conor McGregor right now. His main competitor Khabib [Nurmagomedov] has retired.
« So a couple will fight across the board when my skill level improves exponentially, which it has since my last fight. I’m going to beat up Dillon Danis, who’s from his camp. « . I want to finish off everyone in Conor McGregor’s camp and then it’s time to fight McGregor. But it will happen. ”
If all goes well against Robinson this weekend, Paul seems to think Danis is a perfect opponent for what’s next after having fought a fiery war of words with the Bellator fighter over the past few months.
« He has to get his ass hit, » said Paul. “Nobody likes this guy. People don’t like me, but they hate Dillon Danis more. I think everyone wants to see me hit their ass. It makes perfect sense.
« My ultimate goal is to fight Conor McGregor for sure, but I might as well beat up his best friend first. ”
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